ERIC Number: ED214188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Basic Writers Perceive the Process of Composing.
A study investigated what basic writers think they are doing when they write and whether those perceptions are related to their writing achievement. A total of 134 students, high school seniors in a program of extra academic help and college freshmen in a compensatory composition course, completed a questionnaire that elicited data about their current and previous writing courses and grades, as well as their estimate of their writing ability. Students were then asked to follow specific instructions while composing an essay. Each paper was rated by two scorers, and the ideas students expressed about the writing process and piece of writing itself were grouped under the headings of prewriting, writing, and postwriting. A computer analysis of the relationships among the kinds of data assembled indicated a clear statistical relationship between grade level and grade earned--as grade level rose, marks fell. Similarly, students' estimates of their writing ability fell as they advanced. The results also indicated a significant relationship between the students' estimates of their writing ability and their grades in English, but no such relationship was found between their estimates and their scores on the writing sample. Success was related to growth and elaboration of ideas during writing and to high level postwriting activities. Discovering while writing was the only process with a significant positive relationship to both grade and essay score. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).